All items: HR policy and strategy

  • Headscarf cases: what now for employer dress codes?

    Date:
    20 April 2017

    Recent European court judgments have suggested that employers can justify a ban on employees wearing certain religious items. But what do these cases mean for employers drawing up dress codes and will Brexit affect how they are interpreted in future?

  • Monitoring employee communications: WhatsApp case raises concerns

    Date:
    20 April 2017

    A recent legal case involving messaging service WhatsApp raises issues about monitoring employee communications. Nick Le Riche, a partner at Bircham Dyson Bell, offers practical tips on balancing employees' privacy rights with employers' need to protect confidential data.

  • General election 2017: five things to know about politics in the workplace

    Date:
    19 April 2017

    With the Conservative Government announcing a snap election for 8 June, we look at five potential problems when politics mix with the workplace.

  • How should HR react to demands to manage out employees?

    Date:
    31 March 2017

    If employees aren't working out, managers can be impatient to move them out of the organisation. Ed Stacey of PwC Legal looks at how HR can strike a balance between supporting the needs of the business while managing potential legal and reputation risks.

  • Revising a contract of employment: tips to avoid unfair dismissal

    Date:
    2 March 2017

    Employers must tread carefully when revising a contract of employment. Joanna Sutton, senior associate solicitor at Nockolds, offers tips to avoid unfair dismissal claims or employee retention problems.

  • Is it ever fair to expect employees to dress a certain way?

    Date:
    17 February 2017

    When receptionist Nicola Thorp was sent home from an assignment for wearing flat shoes it created a flurry of debate and a subsequent parliamentary inquiry. Now the results of the inquiry have been published, what does this mean for employers who operate uniform or dress code policies?

  • Valentine's Day: 10 potential problems with workplace romances

    Date:
    10 February 2017

    Can employers have rules on personal relationships at work? Is it harassment for a worker to ask a colleague out on a date? Is it ever appropriate for a line manager to interfere in an employee's love life? With Valentine's Day approaching, we look at 10 potential problems with workplace romances.

  • Rolls-Royce bribery fine: Four steps to reducing risk in your organisation

    Date:
    24 January 2017

    Rolls-Royce has agreed to pay hundreds of millions of pounds to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the US justice department and Brazilian regulators after a four-year investigation into bribery and corruption.

  • Brexit: what is the legal position if employees must relocate?

    Date:
    16 November 2016

    Suggestions that high-profile businesses such as banks will leave the UK because of Brexit highlight the employment law issues employers face when relocating. Ashok Kanani looks at some of the key questions employers should consider if they decide to relocate.

  • Flexible working requests: common employer pitfalls

    Date:
    15 November 2016

    More than a quarter of women polled in a recent survey by Workingmums had their flexible working request turned down, and nearly one in five has had to leave her job because her request was refused. Bar Huberman outlines nine common flexible working request pitfalls for employers.

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